Besides the unusal case that this Illinois shows off, It packs a hidden punch inside the case.
While not hard to find, it is nice to come across these obtuse cases that were made. More of a challenge to convert, a top crown configuration usually warrants a nice wear for these strangers to the farmilliar round case watches we normally see. It has a sweet looking 21 jewel movement powering the watch that runs without issue. The dial has a bit of wear, but expected for the centarian. What makes this watch unique is whats hidden inside on the back of the case.
The Boy Scouts of America (Now Scouts of America) is an organization that was founded in 1912 by Sir Baden Powell in England. Powell wanted to create an organization for boys that would mirror the structure and regiment of the military but hold a high standard for moral and social virtues. Now over a century later its intertwined with our society and something that I personally have fond memmories of myself as a former member.
The watch appears to have been a gift to a member the same year it was created in 1925. Though a crude engraving, it opens a window into a time when this organization was barely a decade and a half old. In my opinion this one has aged in a very beautiful way. Though a bit worn on the outside, the message it beholds inside is still as brilliant as ever.
"On My Honor" 1925 Illinois
Year released: 1925
Diameter: 1 and 1/2 inches from side to side of case not including crown and button.
Case: Wadsworth 14 Karat Gold Filled Case
Production run for year: 2,000 Movements
Condition: Watch has been restored to full running condition +/- 1-2 minutes. Great Running Condition
Movement: Nickel Finish, Adjusted to Temperature, Adjust in Three Positions
Featured Strap: 20mm Brown Nato Strap